Male International Airport or officially known as Velana International Airport is the main and primary international airport in the Maldives. The airport is located on Hulhule Island, near capital Male. As of now, Velana International Airport is well connected with major destinations around the world. It is getaway to the Maldives, connecting thousands of islands in the country.
In this guide, we have tried to offer you every bit of information about Male International Airport. So, let’s see!
Currency Exchange and ATMs
Do not worry about money exchange (currency exchange), the airport offer world class facility, the following are important counters within airport premises:
- Bank of Maldives Exchange Counter in Arrivals
- Bank of Maldives ATM (Outside Departure Terminal)
- Bank of Maldives Exchange Counter
- Habib Bank ATM (Outside Departure Terminal)
- 03 ATMs outside terminal (02 BML MVR ATMs & 01 BML USD ATM)
Are you planning to store your luggage for a few days or more? Let’s use the facility offered by the airport. Please contact Information Desk to avail the facility of luggage storage.
Male International Airport care for you! They have mother care room within the buildings of airport. The room is located outside arrival terminal. The number of mother rooms are located below, please contact help-desk for further info:
- Domestic Terminal
- Concourse Area
- Pier Bridge
Bag Wrapping Service
Do you want to wrap your bags, and suitcases? Just walk to the departure terminal. To request this service, please visit Information Counter.
Wellness Center for Relaxation
This is a premium facility available at Velana International Airport, spread over area of 1487 square feet. As of now, they have capacity of 31 seating. They offer several services such as beauty services, classic massage treatments, refreshment packages, shower, and more.
If you are looking for special help or assistant during check-in and airport, please contact airport staff to make it easy for you.
Nearby Hotels and Accommodations
Sometime due to flight schedule (arrival and departure), you need to stay at hotel near the airport. Thus, these are some of the best places to stay near Male International Airport:
- Hulhule Island Resort (0.8 km from Male Intl. Airport)
- Maagiri Hotel (1.4 km from Male Intl. Airport)
- Mookai Hotel (1.5 km from Male Intl. Airport)
- Unima Grand (1.5 km from Male Intl. Airport)
- Samann Grand (1.6 km from Male Intl. Airport)
- Amina Residencey (1.6 km from Male Intl. Airport)
Hulhule Island is a hotel located on the International airport island itself. So, it is a good place to stay to save time. Make your reservation here.
Food and Services
The airport offer world famous food outlets as well as local cuisines. As of now, the following retail brands are available in the airport:
- Costa Coffee, Burger King, Gloria Jean’s Coffees
- Thai Express, The Dairy Queen
- The Pizza Company, The Coffee Club
Security Restricted Items
At Velana International Airport, items which are threat to the security are not allowed to carrying. These types of items will be discarded by the airport security team. A few items list is given below:
- Acids, Poisons, Batteries
- Matches Lighters, Bleach, Incapacitating Sprays
- Compressed Gas, Ignitable Gas, Explosives
- Flammable Liquids
Male International Airport to Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport
From Male Intl. Airport, you can reach anywhere in the Maldives including Dharavandhoo. The following airlines, and other private operators offer their services between these two destinations:
- Villa Air Flyme
- Manta Air
For any query related to airport, please call the general enquiry number, given below:
- Address: Airport Main Rd, 22000, Maldives
- Phone: +960 332-3506
Article first published on March 2, 2020.